Saltaire railway station
Looking down the entrance ramp
|Local authority||City of Bradford|
|Number of platforms||2|
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|PTE||West Yorkshire (Metro)|
|Original company||Midland Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|20 March 1965||closed|
|9 April 1984||reopened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Saltaire from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
The original station was opened in May 1856 by the Midland Railway, which had absorbed the Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway between Shipley and Colne in 1851. It closed on 20 March 1965 following the Beeching Axe, but West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and British Rail reopened it on 9 April 1984. The current station has wooden platforms and waiting shelters (though these are stone-built rather than the metal and plexiglass designs used elsewhere). Its predecessor was of more substantial stone construction, with buildings on each platform; these were demolished in 1970, five years after the station closed.
The station is on the Airedale line, between Bradford and Leeds, and Skipton. It is a busy commuter station both for passengers travelling to Leeds and Bradford and for staff in companies based in Salt's Mill, as well as serving tourists visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site at Saltaire.
Though unstaffed, the station has ticket machines available. There is step-free access to both platforms via ramps from the street above. Train running information can be obtained via digital information screens, timetable posters and an automated P.A system.
During Monday to Saturday daytime, there is a half-hourly service to both Leeds and Bradford Forster Square in one direction and four trains an hour towards Skipton. Evenings there is a half-hourly service to Leeds, an hourly service to Bradford Forster Square and three trains per hour to Skipton. The first departure from Leeds to Carlisle also calls here on weekdays, whilst on Saturdays it is the first train to Lancaster that stops.
On Sundays there is an hourly service to Leeds and to Bradford Forster Square, with two trains per hour to Skipton. The first departures from Leeds to both Morecambe and Carlisle also call here.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Leeds and Bradford Extension Railway
Two Class 333 trains cross at the station.
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